Residents against plans to convert Norwich church into 20 flats want to hear from you

Local residents who are furious about plans drawn up by developers to redevelop St Peter's Methodist

Local residents who are furious about plans drawn up by developers to redevelop St Peter's Methodist Church in Park Lane and replace it with 20 flats and one house. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Residents who are against plans to convert a city centre church into 20 flats are urging other neighbours to have their say on the future of the site.

Wymondham-based company The Interested Building Company wants to convert the now unused St Peter's Methodist Church, off Park Lane, and the associated church hall and Boys' Brigade buildings into homes - but some neighbours are objecting over fears their properties will get less sunlight and daylight, and concerns over parking and overlooking.

And with the plans set to be discussed by Norwich City Council, a group of residents are asking people living in the area if they think the buildings should only be partially converted or fully converted but used to build 'environmentally friendly housing'.

Lee Hooper, of Park Lane, said: 'The developers' ideas will cause problems for this whole area if the planning committee approve them. We want a solution for this prominent site that is in keeping with the pleasant atmosphere of our community.'

Bryan Steele, of Mill Hill Road, said: 'Something needs to be done with the St Peter's site. We want to find people to develop this site, as the buildings are not contributing to the area, but the current plans are a disaster.'

Richard Povey, of Doris Road, said: 'The acute impact of the proposal on traffic generation, sewerage capacity, right to light, noise, and other amenity issues have not been properly considered by the developer.'

The residents don't believe maintaining the church and community centre are viable but said a partial conversion would create fewer housing units and have less impact on the area.

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The developers did not wish to comment.

To give your say email l.hooper@uea.ac.uk or write to Lee Hooper at 79 Park Lane, Norwich, NR2 3EQ.

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